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B.  Progress and Accomplishments (Continued)

In summary, there are three indicators of progress relating to the goal of
ensuring that the unique needs of handicapped children are met (E.2.):

o The number of handicapped children receiving special education ser-
vices rose from 4,052,576 in school year 1982-83 to 4,094,108 in
1983-84. (See Section II. C.)

o  The number of preschool-age handicapped children served increased
by less than 1 percent from school year 1982-83 to 1983-84.

o  The number of handicapped children, ages 18 through 21, served

increased by 7 percent from school year 1982-83 to 1983-84.

Progress concerning the program's purposes to protect the rights of handi-
capped children; to assist States and localities in educating handicapped
children; and to ensure effectiveness of State and local efforts can be seen
in the following two indicators (E.2.):

o The triennial review of State plans completed this year identified
and resolved issues involving procedural safeguards, e.g., incon-
sistency in administrative processes; educational environment;
right to education; participation of private school children; and
confidentiality.

o  The Federal assistance provided this year was only 8 percent of
the excess average per student costs, or about $248 per pupil,
associated with educating handicapped children.

C.  Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness

Students Served; Since the implementation of the Education For All Handi-
caped Children Act, the number of children served has continued to grow
from 3,485,000 in 1976-77 to an estimated 4,094,108 in 1983-84. There have
been some notable changes in the number of children with certain handicap-
ping conditions receiving special education and related services since the
first child count was taken in 1976-77. The most dramatic change occured
in the learning disabled category: since 1976-77, a growth of 125 percent.
In school year 1983-84, the children in the following categories were served.
(E.I and 2.)

Handicapping                                   Percentage of                                    Number of

Condition                               Population, Ages 5-17     Children, Ages 3-21

Learning Disabled                                       3.99                                               1,788,866

Speech Impaired                                            2.49                                               1,114,689

Mentally Retarded                                       1.45                                                   653,082

Emotionally Disturbed                                 .71                                                   320,599

Other Health Impaired                                 .11                                                      49,615

Multi-handicapped                                          .11                                                      50,706

Hard of Hearing and Deaf                           .10                                                     48,659

Orthopedically Impaired                             .10                                                     45,119

Visually Handicapped                                   .04                                                     21,246

Deaf-Blind                                                   .00                                                  M47

TOTAL                                                  ^7W                                         4,094,108ncy. Preliminary